Posts made in September, 2016

22 September 2016

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Dear Parents


Tompicture1orrow we join the worldwide Mercy community in celebrating Mercy Day. On this day over 180 years ago, Catherine McAuley, foundress of the Sisters of Mercy, opened the House of Mercy in Dublin, Ireland to provide shelter for the homeless, education for the poor, and opportunities for young women. In honour of Catherine McAuley we will celebrate Mercy Day tomorrow with a Liturgy in the hall at 9am. Parents are most welcome to attend.

Also on 22/9 some of Year 5 & 6 will be attending a combined Mercy school Mass to celebrate Mercy Day at St Thomas’ Aquinas in Winton and will enjoy activities together afterwards.




End of Term 
With this being the last newsletter of the term I wish to take this opportunity to thank all the parents who have been able to assist with some of our school events this term. Though it was a short term we had the Polyfest, Sing Out, our Celebration Night and School Olympics, as well as our school sports programmes. Our children have performed very well at all of these and I to thanks all the teachers and parents who have been part of this success.

DISCO Tonight – 22nd September – Gold coin donation entry
There will be chips, drinks and treats available to purchase as well as glow sticks and other cool glow items.

NE – Yr 3 will be from 6pm – 7pm                                           Yr 4 – 6 will be from 7pm – 8pm

Choir / Olympics / Celebration Night
A big thanks to Rachel Mackay and Mrs Stupples for your preparation of our choir for Sing Out. There is an excellent photo in todays newspaper.
We were blessed with a great day yesterday for our Olympics day, thanks to those parents who were able to join us.
Thanks for the big turn-out last Thursday night for our Celebration Night, it is always good to see how much talent we have amongst our children. A big thanks to the PTA for your support.

Mrs Tagomoa-Kaa / Mrs Ultee 
We are excited Mrs Tagomoa-Kaa will be back next Term.
We are also excited Mrs Ultee will still be available to do release days, within the school.

School Photos
All orders have now been sent away, so any late orders will need to be directed to Geoff Horrell Photography.

Alex McLeod
We wish Alex and his family all the best as they move to Queenstown. Good luck and we thank your family for their support over the years.

School Plans
We have copies of the plans for our school upgrade in the junior corridor. These have been a work in progress and the latest version from the Catholic Property Office will provide us with excellent facilities.

School Fair – 20th November 2016

White Elephant Stall – Second Hand Goods
If you have or are about to have a spring clean and have some treasures to donate to our White Elephant stall, we would greatly appreciate anything that is in good condition.
If you are wanting these stored somewhere please contact Selina –
The fair committee is still needing more parents to join, if we want this fair to be successful.
Next meeting is  Monday October at 7:30pm in the school staffroom.
Please come along, as many hands make light work.

PTA Second Hand Uniforms
If you are needing a part of the summer uniform or would like to have a look at what the PTA has for sale please contact Donna Holland 0272697578.

Cookie Time Biscuits For Sale – 20 for $20. Enquiries to Shelley 215-8228.

Cheese Rolls
Last chance to order Cheese rolls from Mrs Ultee tomorrow. $20 for 4doz. Please see Mrs Ultee with the money on Friday Morning in Room 5.

Slurpas will be available at the canteen tomorrow. Each child will be given a  paper towel.

Touch Fees $19 
We have 38 children who have not yet paid their Touch Fees. Please do this asap.

Faith Facts  September 21 – St Matthew, the Apostle
Born in Palestine sometime in the 1st century, St. Matthew was one of Jesus’s 12 apostles and also one of the four Evangelists, according to the Bible. Prior to preaching the word of God, he worked as a tax collector in Capernaum. Matthew is the patron saint of tax collectors and accountants. The Feast of St. Matthew is annually celebrated on Sept 21.
Laudato Si’
Pope Francis shares his closing prayers: At the conclusion of this lengthy reflection which has been both joyful and troubling, I propose that we offer two prayers. The first we can share with all who believe in a God who is the all-powerful Creator, while in the other we Christians ask for inspiration to take up the commitment to creation set before us by the Gospel of Jesus.

A prayer for our earth
All-powerful God, you are present in the whole universe and in the smallest of your creatures.
You embrace with your tenderness all that exists.
Pour out upon us the power of your love that we may protect life and beauty.
Fill us with peace that we may live as brothers and sisters, harming no one.
O God of the poor help us to rescue the abandoned and forgotten of this earth, so precious in your eyes.
Bring healing to our lives, that we may protect the world and not prey on it, that we may sow beauty, not pollution and destruction.
Touch the hearts of those who look only for gain at the expense of the poor and the earth.
Teach us to discover the worth of each thing to be filled with awe and contemplation, to recognise that we are profoundly united with every creature as we journey towards your infinite light. We thank you for being with us each day. Encourage us, we pray, in our struggle for justice, love and peace.

Altar Servers
Saturday 24 September 7.00 pm:          Holly & Caleb Wolf
Sunday 25 September 11.00am:             Robbie Humm & Charlie Baynes
Children’s Liturgy:                                    Maria Baynes / Amanda Smellie

Superstar Cricket Academy
The New Zealand Post Superstar Cricket Academy is a six week junior development programme that teaches the fundamentals of batting, bowling and fielding within an exciting and competitive environment. Designed for children aged 5-10 years (boys and girls), it is the first step on a pathway that can lead to a lifelong involvement in cricket. The Academy is aimed at superstar cricket players from Term 1 who would benefit from more coaching and playing opportunities before going to the next level of cricket. The academy provide coaching opportunities for players new to cricket and games for those with appropriate skill sets.

The following centre is available in Southland and will run for 6 weeks starting the week of 31 October..
Monday:                              Queens Park, Invercargill  – 4pm
The cost is $40 per player. Children will receive giveaways including a bat, backpack and drink bottle.
Please register by Friday 14th
 October to

Term 4 Junior Hardball Cricket
Entries are now open for Friday night/ Saturday morning hardball cricket.  This season there will be Y5/6 and Y7/8 grades for both town and country.
The competition starts 28th October and will run until the 10th December. Entries must be in by Thursday 13th October. If your child is interested in playing, please let Mr Morgan know by Tuesday 11th October.

image1Athletics Invercargill – Fun Day – Wednesday 12 October 5.50 pm, Surrey Park Athletic Track.
Come along to our Junior fun day where the kids can join in with our athletics training, while you get some information about our club, including how to register for the 2016 – 17 season. Enquiries to

Summer Football is back for Term 4!                                    
Important information:                                                                         Year 1-2 children (First Kicks U6)

  • Year 3-4 children (Fun Football U8)
  • Year 5-6 children (Mini Football U11)
  • Dates:  October 17th, 31st November 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th December 5th, 12th then starts again Term 1 next year.
  • Completed forms to be back to Mr Morgan via email or hard copy by Wednesday 12th October

Permission Slip:

________________________________(Name) ________________(Year/Grade)______________(Room) is able to play Summer Football for school this season.

I can also coach or manage a team on Monday afternoons _________________________________ (Coach/Managers Name)


Golf Lessons
Scott the professional at Otatara Golf Club is offering very cheap lessons. Please see the poster for more information.

This would be very good for a group of our Year 5-6 students who have indicated they want to take part in the zone golf tournament in November!

Have a safe and happy holiday! School re-opens Monday 10th October.

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15 September 2016

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15 September 2016

Dear Parents

Sing Out

Our school performs Wednesday 21st September 7.00 – 8.45pm. Tickets are available at the I.C.C. Booking office. Adults $12.50, children $6.50 (booking fees apply).

Please follow this link regarding tickets

Celebration Night

Come to school tonight for our night of showcasing by your amazing children. We will begin with a shared tea at 5.30 followed by a presentation of a number of items that the children have prepared during the week. We look forward to gathering with you and your family for this evening.

School Photos

Orders are due back to tomorrow.

Vulnerable Children’s Act – New School Procedures

Some of the recommendations suggested under the Vulnerable Children Act are as follows:

  •   police vetting for school camps.
  •   a copy of parents licenses, to be held on file, if they are to be involved in transporting children on school business.

If you are likely to be helping out with school events, please take a photo of your current drivers license and email it to Christine: at your earliest convenience.

Wooden Garden Frames

Many thanks to Allan Contracting for our new garden frames.

School Fair – 20th November 2016

White Elephant Stall

If you have or are about to have a spring clean and have some treasures to donate to our White Elephant stall, we would greatly appreciate anything that is in good condition.

If you are wanting these stored somewhere please contact Selina – fair committee is still needing more parents to join, if we want this fair to be successful. Next meeting is Monday 19th September at 7:30pm in the school staffroom. Please come along, as many hands make light work.

DISCO Thursday 22nd September

The PTA will be holding a school disco in the school hall on Thursday 22nd September. There will be chips, drinks and treats available to purchase as well as glow sticks and other cool glow items. Gold coin donation entry.

NE – Yr 3 will be from 6pm – 7pm

Yr 4 – 6 will be from 7pm – 8pm

Week 8: 12th – 16th September

September 14: Exaltation of the Holy Cross: The feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross celebrates two historical events: the discovery of the True Cross by Saint Helena, the mother of the Emperor Constantine, in 320 under the temple of Venus in Jerusalem, and the dedication in 335 of the basilica and shrine built on Calvary by Constantine, which mark the site of the Crucifixion.The basilica and the shrine were destroyed in 614 however the Church of the Holy Sepulcher now stands on the site and was built in 1149.

 However the feast, more than anything else, is a celebration and commemoration of God’s greatest work: his salvific death on the Cross and His Resurrection, through which death was defeated and the doors to Heaven opened.

Laudato Si’

Why would the pope take up a scientific matter like this? Because science has practical and moral consequences. If the science of the day points to factors that may cause immense suffering in the future, there is a moral and practical need to address that fact. Pope Francis feels that present science is sufficiently strong to warrant sounding the alarm bell in this regard.


Altar Servers

Saturday 17 September 7.00 pm:     Anika Winders & Greta Jones

Sunday 18 September 11.00 am:      Summer & Jack Smith

Children’s Liturgy:                               Amanda Smith

Hello School Community!

The wonderful Year 4 and 5’s in Room 8 and 9 are in the middle of planning some fashionable, practical, recycled items of clothing. We are basing our ideas on research around ‘World of Wearable Arts’. The challenge for the children is to create their clothing completely out of recycled materials. If you have any of the following items collecting dust at home, we would take any donations with open arms.

P.s if there are any parents who are capable of operating any sort of sewing equipment (Mr. Morgan does not know where the on button is) we would love your help one afternoon. If you can assist, please let us know at


Room 8 and 9

  • Boxes
  • Hats
  • Cans (spaghetti, coke etc)
  • Plastic bottles (milk, fizz, cream etc)
  • Old high heels
  • Elastic
  • Dog collars
  • Tin foil
  • Paper cups
  • Necklaces
  • Sunglasses
  • Cotton
  • Facepaint
  • Balloons
  • Paint
  • Earrings
  • Plastic bags
  • String
  • Any old clothes
  • Plastic
  • Carpet
  • Egg cartons
  • Cardboard
  • Wax
  • Pastels
  • Wheels
  • Leather
  • Flax
  • Silk
  • Netting
  • Zips
  • Rubber gloves
  • Newspaper
  • Bottle caps
  • Bubble wrap
  • Tape
  • Sponges
  • Straws
  • Hair spray
  • Light bulbs
  • Clay
  • Belts
  • Old Fabric
  • Old coffee cups
  • Wire
  • Old electric cables

Catholic Women’s League Invite

I’m writing to invite teachers, parents to a meeting the Catholic Women League are hosting with Leslie Elliot / Bill O’Brien on SOPHIE ELLIOT FOUNDATION

presentation on how to keep our young people safe in relationships and the acceptable behaviour expected taking note of the dangers signs to avoid.

Venue:  St Patrick’s Community Room, Rimu Street

Date:   24th September 2016

Time:   2.00pm

Southland BMX Club Open Day – Sunday 9th October 1.20 – 3.30 pm Elizabeth Park

Southland Shooters’ Development Programme – Term 4 – $75 each (including singlet) / Holiday Basketball Clinic – Yr 3 – 6, October 5 & 6 – $60 each

Enquiries and registrations for both are welcome at

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8 September 2016

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Dear Parents

Welcome to our online version of the newsletter. The recent survey results showed us that the majority of parents preferred digital over paper. As our current stock of newsletter covers has run out this is a perfect time for a change. This has been sent home via a link from your child’s teachers. I hope to set up a mailing subscription soon which will be easier.

Welcome to Jamie Russell, we hope he enjoys his time at Sacred Heart School.

Ski Trip

A great time was had by all. Many thanks to Mrs Winders and Mr Morgan, and all the parent help, for making this day such a success.



Please have all orders in by Friday 16 September.


Celebration Night                                                                                Celebration Night                                                                        Celebration Night                                                                                             Celebration Night                                                                             Celebration Night                                    

Come to school on Thursday, 15 September for our night of showcasing by your amazing children.  We will begin with a shared tea at 5.30 followed by a presentation of a number of items that the children have prepared during the year.  We look forward to gathering with you and your family for this evening.  If you have any queries regarding this evening, please email Mrs Buxton at:

After School Market 15 September 2.45pm  – Camp Fundraiser

Some of the Year 6 children are putting on an after school market next Thursday 15 September. There will be spiders, hot chips, baking, hair accessories and arts and crafts. Your child can purchase these straight after school from 2.45pm onwards. It would be a great idea if the children saved up their coins earned for pocket money.


School Fair – 20 November 2016

White Elephant Stall

If you have or are about to have a spring clean and have some treasures to donate to our White Elephant stall, we would greatly appreciate anything that is in good condition.

If you are wanting these stored somewhere please contact Selina –

The fair committee is still needing more parents to join, if we want this fair to be successful.

Next meeting is Monday 19th September at 7:30pm in the school staffroom.

Please come along, as many hands make light work.


FAITH FACT – Week 7: 5th – 9th September

September 9th – St Peter Claver 1581 –1654: was a Spanish Jesuit priest and missionary born in Verdú (Catalonia) who, due to his life and work, became the patron saint of slaves, the Republic of Colombia and ministry to African Americans. During the 40 years of his ministry in Colombia it is estimated he personally baptized around 300,000 people. He is also patron saint for seafarers. He is considered a heroic example of what should be the Christian praxis of love and of the exercise of human rights.

Laudato Si’ – Many in the media have been talking about what the encyclical has to say on global warming. How prominent a theme is this? While global warming is one of the themes in the document, the document goes into much more than that. As the list of topics covered in chapter one indicates global warming or “climate change” is just part of the first of five major sections dealing with ecological problems that the pontiff sees. Of the 40,500 words in the official English translation of the document, the word warming occurs nine times and the phrase climate change occurs twelve times.


Altar Servers

Saturday 10 September 7.00 pm:      Maiya T.K. & Ruby Duffy

Sunday 11 September 11.00am:         Declan Hogan & Mason Coulthard

Children’s Liturgy:                                Aletta Reid



1 x school jersey, clearly named Zoe Williams. There is a reward if found!



Last game of the season and we didn’t get to play! Both teams game times were changed, and we were’t advised, missing our time slots. A disappointing end to a fantastic season. We celebrated our netball breakup at Cobb n Co, where all team members received a prize pack donated by Number Works n Words and Dynamic Maintenance. Laura Boniface and Ava Aitken both were nominated by the coaches as their most valuable team member.

Thanks again to all you amazing kids that turned up to every practice and every game and made our netball season a real success. Danielle and Sonya

We wish to extend a super thank you to our netball coaches Danielle Meikle and Sonya Johnstone for their values, commitment and expertise with netball this year.

A special big thank you to Danielle who has worked tirelessly with the Netball teams for some years now. Your support of the Netball girls is very much appreciated.


Cheese Rolls

Mrs Ultee is selling Cheese rolls to fundraise for the Invercargill Rock and Roll Nationals team. These are $6 dozen, or 4 doz $20. Also cheese and corn. Delivery is 9 October.

If interested please email Mrs Ultee at  Many thanks.


Class Happenings – Room 2

Every second Monday, Room 1 and 2 have Discovery time. During this time, the children get to work/play at a number of different activities.  Here are some photos of the children at work.

Puppet Theatre                                                  Painting                                                           Craft

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Observational drawing                                       Shopping

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1 September 2016

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Dear Parents

Welcome back Fr. Harrison. It was lovely to have you over for morning tea this morning.

Ski Trip – we hope all the skiers have a great day tomorrow.

Newsletter – this will be the last newsletter done in this format.

Kapahaka – well done to Mrs Ultee, Toni Biddle and all the children for the excellent performance at the Polyfest on Tuesday. We were very pPicture1roud of you all. Also a big thanks to the teachers and parents who assisted in making this a success. Below is a link to the youtube video, and photos can be purchased from Ruffer Photography.


Old Monitors and Keyboards – We have a small number of monitors and keyboards to give away. Let me know if your are interested.


NZEI – PPTA Union Meeting – Wednesday 7th September

As I advised last week the NZEI – PPTA meeting will be held on Wednesday 7 September from 9 – 11am.  We will only have one teacher at school until 11.30am, so supervision will be very limited.

This action is unprecedented but if implemented could lead to

  • Fewer teachers and larger classes
  • Lower quality teaching
  • Fewer hours for support staff and teacher aides

As Boards will have to choose between quality education and balancing the school finances, small schools such as Sacred Heart could be at financial risk under these proposals.



Dear Parents

Does your child learn music, singing, dance or another performance?

On Thursday, 15 September, we will have a celebration of the children’s work.  We have a limited number of opportunities for individual items.  We would like you to let us know if your child would be able to be part of this “gold medal performance”.

Please email your child’s teacher by Wednesday 7 September, if he/she is able to perform for our school community. Kind regards.

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FAITH  FACT – Week 6: 29th– 2nd September

September 4 – Father’s Day: In the Bible it is Abraham who is counted as the father of faith and he is revered in Judaism, Islam and Christianity. Joseph of Galilee is an exemplary father in the Bible. He married Mary, despite the unusual circumstances of her pregnancy. He was a righteous man who dared to take on the roles of husband and foster father. We can learn much about fatherhood from Joseph. Another father that captures the imagination is a man called Jairus. He was a man of importance whose daughter was dying and he came to Jesus, fell at his feet and begged Jesus to help his child. He humbled himself for the sake of his daughter. A final father from the Bible that is impressive is the one who had two sons, one of whom went astray. This is, of course, the story told by Jesus of the prodigal son. The father in the parable teaches his two sons powerful lessons of love: the one who went astray who discovered that his father’s care came to him even when he had run away from it and the other who struggled to understand such extravagant love in the face of his brother’s failures and his own fidelity. The father in the story, like God, never gave up on either of his children. On Father’s Day let us remember that we have been given a heritage of dedication and faithfulness from the fathers we encounter in the Bible and from those fathers who exemplify the best qualities of parenting.


Altar Servers

Saturday 3 September 7.00 pm:                Greta Jones & Megan Sullivan

Sunday 4 September 11.00am:                 Holly & Caleb Wolf

Children’s Liturgy:                                   Cecilia Russell


Caritas Challenge – Thanks to everyone for supporting our Caritas Week Challenge.

More than $70,000 for Caritas’ work in Cambodia was raised and went  raised in 2016 went towards: 6 hand tractors for ploughing fields, 5 warehouses for food storage, 5 new rice milling machines and milling houses, 9 emergency seed supply houses, 1 motorbike for a community facilitator, water pumps and drip irrigation systems, ongoing support for farmers through training and workshops.


Congratulations to Jordis Belesky who ran 10km on Saturday as part of her mum’s support crew who ran an 80km ultramarathon.  She was the smallest crew member by far and did incredibly well over that distance.


Netball Results

Second last game of the season had us playing each other this week. POD’s went to Jade Holland and Jordis Belesky.

We are having our netball breakup at Cobb n Co at 5pm MONDAY, 5 September.

This day has been changed from the original planned date of Tuesday due to basketball games. See you all then – Danielle


Lost – Can you please keep an eye out for a blue home folder and one navy spotted library bag both named Lucas Dawson.   Mrs Buxton will give 100 house point or 5 charism tokens to the person who finds these!!!!


Commander Claire and the Pirates of Provence’ is a free pantomime brought to you by Siemens, in celebration of the 75th anniversary of the royal New Zealand Navy. This fast paced funny show has lots of audience participation, puppetry, songs and over the shoulder cardboard ships which is a perfect school holiday fare that will not just appeal to children from 5yrs upwards but will also have grown ups chuckling. The performances are being held Tuesday 27 & Wednesday 28 September @ 2.00pm. If you would like to attend, please email by Friday 9th Sept to secure your free tickets.


 Class Happenings – Room 9 Daffodil Day

A big thank you to everyone who supported our school

mufti day to help raise funds for the Cancer Society.

As a school we raised $390.80!

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Pita Pita 5 – 9 September – all Pitas and Salad Boxes will be only $3. Order online as usual and all you have to do is enter the promo code: spring to get your $3 Pita. Mark your calendars now.




































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